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Carmella spoke with Uproxx on a number of wrestling topics. Here are some of the highlights:

Backlash from how she won the first Money in the Bank match:

“Gosh, the fans always have something to say. They’re never happy with anything. I could’ve won it the way I won it the second time the first time, and I feel like they still would’ve been upset with it. So, I personally loved it. I loved the controversy. I never like to do anything little. Everything I do, I need it to be big and above and beyond. And it caused such a controversy and such a stir. And it had people talking, and at the end of the day, that’s all we can ask for; people are talking about the pay-per-view, they’re talking about the match. I loved every minute of it.”

Getting separated from Cass/Enzo and being picked last in the WWE Draft:

“Yeah, I mean being on SmackDown was a whole different ballgame than being in NXT. Everything that I did in NXT was just washed away once I came up here. So, being a manager for most of my career, I didn’t really even have that many matches under my belt. I had maybe 10 on TV, if that. I don’t even think I had 10. So I don’t think people even realized that. So, being the last draft pick and then debuting on the main roster, I feel like people had no expectations, and I think that that’s even the best way to go about it. If they did have expectations, they would’ve been there saying, ‘Oh, Carmella is terrible. She’s the last draft pick. She can’t do this, that or whatever.'”

And I love that. I want to be underestimated. I want people to think nothing of me, and then let me prove them wrong. Because, look at me now. I’m the two time Miss Money in the Bank, making history, and it’s all just a matter of time. I think you put in the work, you put in the effort. I know that I have something to offer this division. And finally, I feel like things are starting to blossom for me. I can only imagine with the future holds. I’m super motivated. I like when people tell me I can’t do something, and I’m gonna show you, yes I can. I can do it even better than you would ever dream of. I haven’t even been wrestling for four years. So, to be where I’m at, I think that’s pretty damn good.”

Becky Lynch and James Ellsworth having a match:

“Well, I thought it was a long time coming. I thought it was gonna happen after the Ladder Match. But sometimes things don’t go as we planned. So, it was cool. I mean, you never get to see a girl wrestle a guy. So it was really cool. And I think this opportunity for Becky was awesome. She has obviously a lot of pent-up anger with him. And I thought it was just a really entertaining segment.”

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On this week’s episode of ‘Dinner With The King,’ Jerry “The King” Lawler revealed that The Undertaker was backstage at last Sunday’s Survivor Series pay-per-view. Lawler noted that he watched the show with Taker, and that Taker “might have looked too good.”

“I think he might have looked too good,” Lawler said. “I think when you get when you hang around or you show up and you look that good, they in the WWE, they’re ready for you to come back. You know, closer to the time after WrestleMania and I think I said that I believe we’ve seen the last of Undertaker in the ring. Now, I’m going to I’m going to go back on my word. Just looking at him the other night, I think there’s some more matches left in the Undertaker.”

Lawler noted that he was sitting with Kane and Taker watching the pay-per-view and discussed John Cena’s reaction when he walked past them.

“So there’s a TV and monitor to watch the show,” Lawler said. “There were three seats. Three chairs in front of the monitor and I was sitting in the one on the left hand side and in the middle now, to my right, sitting next to me, was Undertaker. And to his right sitting next to him was Kane.

“We were all just sitting here watching the show talking about old times and stuff, and all of a sudden, the door happened to be open. All of a sudden, we saw John Cena. He went past the door and glanced in, and then he just went past. Suddenly we saw him backing up, he just backed up, and he looked in at the three of us sitting there – and he said, ‘that’s pretty cool.’ And he just walked on.”

 

One of the most consistent rivals of Daniel Bryan’s WWE career has been The Miz. Recently, “The A-Lister” spoke to Sports Illustrated about his desire to face Bryan in the ring again.

The Miz was involved in the early part of Bryan’s career when he mentored Bryan in NXT. They worked multiple programs with each other on the main roster, including during Bryan’s time as general manager of SmackDown Live. The Mizgained notoriety for his acclaimed tirade against Bryan during an episode of Talking Smack in August 2016, in which he called Bryan a coward for breaking his promise to the fans that he’d return to the ring. The Miz said he doesn’t know what Bryan’s plans are, but if he ever returned to the ring he’d welcome a match with him.

“I would love to beat him up. I would love to beat him up in a WWE ring, all day every day. But I don’t know what the plans are for Daniel. I know his passion is in the WWE ring, now whether that’s as a general manager or as a professional wrestler, I don’t know, I don’t know his plans,” The Miz said. “I know he’s working tremendously hard to get back in the WWE ring, and I [have my] fingers crossed because I would love to have a match with Daniel Bryan. He’s one of the best in-ring technicians that WWE has ever seen, and I would like to showcase how much better I am than him.”

Bryan has said that he’s doing everything in his power to return to performing again. His extensive history with concussions has been well-documented, so the WWE has been hesitant about allowing him to make an in-ring comeback. The Miz said as long as Bryan get’s medical clearance, he’d have no qualms about competing against him.

“If doctors sign him up and say, ‘Listen, this guy is OK,’ I am more willing to kick him in the chest, in the stomach, and hit him with the Skull-Crushing Finale a couple of times,” he said.

SmackDown star Maria Kanellis responded on social media to people who have been criticizing her for getting pregnant. Kanellis announced in September that she was pregnant with her first child, which apparently led to people asking how she dared to get pregnant while working for WWE.

“I signed a contract with WWE in March and had no plans of getting pregnant until my contract was up,” Kanellis wrote. “So, yes I have only been signed for a few months this time but, I worked for WWE before. For 5 and a half years. I’ve also been working in wrestling for 13 years. AND I’ve been working since I was 12. I was a bus girl for my first job. Thus, I have been working for 23 years. I CAN get pregnant. I can even stay home while pregnant and have a job because WWE thinks I am important and this baby is important enough to do so. After 23 years of work, do I deserve maternity leave? I think so and so does WWE. Women deserve maternity leave and men deserve paternity leave. It should be a right not a privilege. I will continue fulfilling the obligations of my WWE contract even after the baby arrives so, SMGMB. (Suck My Giant Momma Boobs) Hahaha”

You can check out her full post below:

How dare you get pregnant? You can’t workout. And other stupid things people have said to me.”I think it’s funny that everyone is an expert on pregnancy, including men that can’t birth them and don’t have children of their own. Now, I am not an expert on pregnancy but I do have my OB, PCP, mom, my friends with kids, and my trainer on speed dial. Let’s just analysis the first statement/question: “How dare you get pregnant?” I’m not exactly sure what this means but I can only assume it’s because I work for WWE. I signed a contract with WWE in March and had no plans of getting pregnant until my contract was up. So, yes I have only been signed for a few months this time but, I worked for WWE before. For 5 and a half years. I’ve also been working in wrestling for 13 years. AND I’ve been working since I was 12. I was a bus girl for my first job. Thus, I have been working for 23 years. I CAN get pregnant. I can even stay home while pregnant and have a job because WWE thinks I am important and this baby is important enough to do so. After 23 years of work, do I deserve maternity leave? I think so and so does WWE. Women deserve maternity leave and men deserve paternity leave. It should be a right not a privilege. I will continue fulfilling the obligations of my WWE contract even after the baby arrives so, SMGMB. (Suck My Giant Momma Boobs) Hahaha……

You can’t workout….. Really? Has anyone seen a lioness while pregnant? What if she decides, oh I can’t run today, I’m pregnant? The lioness starves and so does her cubs. Or what happened in colonial times when the men went off to war? Did the farm get neglected? No, she plowed the field and took care of her 7 other children. Women are amazing. Women’s bodies are amazing. I will not let people on social media make me feel powerless. Should some women not workout? Of course. But, I don’t have any special circumstances. And if I did then, I would “settle down” as one hater put it. There are real problems with gaining too much weight while pregnant for instance childhood obesity, gestational diabetes, less accurate sonogram results, premature labor, preeclampsia, high blood pressure, excess bleeding, larger percentage of c-sections, and the list goes on. If you are really concerned about it read up here or here. And if you still have questions go here, here, or here. Links are below to research. I will not stop working out because some ill informed person tells me too. Some women don’t workout while pregnant and that’s their choice. It’s an individual choice a woman makes with her doctor.

On to more stupid things….. “You are annoying. No one wants to hear about your pregnancy.” Let me solve this, real quick. I am pregnant. For the foreseeable future, that is the next 19 weeks, I will talk about being pregnant. You will see pregnant belly photos, baby stuff, blogs about being pregnant, and when I am feeling ultra emotional, photos of Mike with my pregnant belly. Therefore, if you don’t like it, Stop Following Me. Done. Another of my favorite comments, “You look really pregnant.” What the hell does that mean? You are either pregnant or you are not. I am pregnant so of course I really look pregnant. Also, as a warning, in a few months, if you say that to me, I may eat you. I am hungry all the time. Because, I will be really pregnant. AND my all time favorite stupid comment, word for word “Kid won’t have room to move. Prob get caught up in tubing. U ever heard of relaxing” My response was, you don’t understand the female anatomy. I’ll just leave that there.

Mike and I will be revealing baby’s gender in January and as a Christmas Gift to our amazing fans we will be telling you baby’s initials on Christmas Day!!!

Love Hugs and Peace,

“The Crazy Pregnant Lady”

Maria

Charlotte spoke with Uproxx on a number of pro wrestling topics. Here are some of the highlights:

Appearing in Triple H’s WrestleMania XXX entrance:

“Triple H was basically like, I wanna take some NXT talent and reward them, I think, and make them a part of his entrance. It was me, Sasha Banks, Alexa Bliss. Here we are four years later, and especially Alexa Bliss, going into Survivor Seriesthis weekend. But then me and Sasha, we had all these epic moments last year, and then to be back four years later. … I know then, when we were in Gorilla [position], I was like “oh my gosh, I have to walk out and I have to stand there, and I don’t know if I’m gonna be able to breathe.” I could never picture myself wrestling, so to think that. … You never know where life’s gonna take you, four years later. Here, I’m hoping, that I’m main-eventing WrestleMania 34.”

What she wants to see at WrestleMania 34, as a fan:

“Honestly, for a women’s singles match. I know that WrestleMania is a day that we try to get everyone involved because it is the biggest day of the year. It’s such a family event. But I would like a women’s singles match. … Competitively, I wanna be in it, I’m not gonna lie. I would be upset if I wasn’t. But at the same time, having a singles match for the women just goes to show how much WWE has invested in the women as a whole, and how important women’s wrestling is to kids and families. To send that message out there that women can do anything they want in a male-dominated world.”

Who she wants to face at WrestleMania 34:

“Last match? Maybe fatal four-way, Four Horsewomen, I think that’s the main event match. I don’t really have a dream singles, I just dream of main eventing. When I think of WrestleMania, you think of so many outside celebrities and athletes getting involved. Maybe a WrestleMania moment would be Queen versus Queen, me versus Stephanie McMahon. I see storylines that could lead into WrestleMania like that, but [choosing] one person is so hard. … I really don’t know. I would love to face Becky Lynch one-on-one. I’d love to face Bayley. I’d love to face Sasha. It’s a lot of talent; it’s hard. It boils down to the right storyline.”

Nikki Bella was on the latest episode of Lilian Garcia’s podcast, Chasing Glory with Lilian Garcia. During the episode, Nikki discussed her engagement to John Cena, fighting off an abductor and her battles with depression.

The episode is available now on PodcastOneSports.com, they sent us these excerpts from the interview:

Dancing with the Stars and Its Effect on John Cena

“I fell in love with dance. I have not, in so many years – and this was hard on John because I was very honest with him – but I have not felt this young and, like, alive…And now I found this new passion, and I felt young and free.”

What She Never Wanted to Share on Camera:

“What was weird for me – and this was the crazy experience – since I was 15, I told myself, ‘I will never depend on a man. I will never need someone.’ And I joined this competition, and I have to depend on a man, and I have to need someone… I was feeling all these emotions, so I was bottling myself up, and I knew this could have made amazing TV for them. I didn’t want it to be forced. But I would go home at night, and there were times that I would cry.”

Starrcade could become a permanent part of the WWE calendar after the success of this weekend, according to a report in PWInsider.

It is thought that Saturday’s show – which took place at the Greensboro Coliseum – recorded attendance numbers considered unusually high for an untelevised wrestling event.

With a host of cameos from some of the industry’s best-loved stars, including a returning Ric Flair, Starrcade also generated some significant buzz on social media.

And Mike Johnson says there is already backstage “talk” of returning to the same venue next year to help maximise their house show takings.

Long-time WWE producer Michael Hayes has been identified as the brains behind the decision to revive the former WCW showpiece.

The Hall of Famer reportedly pitched the idea to Vince McMahon after learning that the company would be in Greensboro, the event’s birthplace, over Thanksgiving weekend.

Johnson also notes that, despite not being broadcast live, Starrcade was recorded and could conceivably be added to the Network library at a later date.

This, however, is said to be typical at all of WWE’s live events, so there’s no guarantee that will ever see the light of day.

Apart from appearances from Flair, Arn Anderson and Ricky Steamboat, Saturday’s show was also notable for two headline cage matches, in which AJ Styles and Charlotte retained their respective titles against Jinder Mahal and Natalya.


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